Accidentally Selling Your Gun To Someone Who Smokes Marijuana Could Carry 20 Year Prison Sentence
MARCH 3, 2013

A proposed new “anti-crime” law in the U.S. Senate will have a profound effect on crime, not by preventing it, but by turning ever greater number of law-abiding Americans into criminals. Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) has included in his proposed Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act (S. 54), a provision that makes it a felony with a 20-year penalty if a person, knowingly or unknowingly, sells or raffles off a firearm to a person who is a “prohibited person.” What’s a prohibited person? Among other things, a prohibited person is one who unlawfully uses a controlled substance. Marijuana, of course, is one of those controlled substances.

The net effect of the proposed bill is that anyone who sells or raffles a gun to someone who enjoys a bit of recreational pot use – but who has no criminal record — has committed a felony. In other words, something close to half the population is now banned from buying guns, and anyone who sells to one of these people may find himself facing a harsh federal prison sentence.
Other banned purchasers (or raffle winners) are the approximately 150,000 veterans whose financial affairs are being overseen by a fiduciary based upon a psychiatrist’s recommendation, and those people who live in cities and states that ban owning various fire arms. The practical effect is that few Americans can buy guns and a gun seller who doesn’t fancy a stint in federal prison may give up selling guns as a bad risk.

In an editorial at its website, Gun Owners of America, was appropriately outraged about this “goofball” legislation, and pointed out the unending pitfalls for both sellers and buyers. The editorial wrapped up with a scathing indictment of anti-gun legislators:

Why do anti-gun senators and representatives continue to push language which they know is fatally flawed –- just so they can say they “broke the back of the gun lobby?
Not everyone is as upset about the bill as the GOA. Despite the fact that it exposes thousands of legitimate gun dealers to a stint in federal prison for failing to realize that their customer is a recreational pot user, the New York Times is pleased. Thus, in a recent editorial, it described Leahy’s bill as a “modest gun safety measure.” I guess it is “modest” if you don’t mind the fact that thousands of law-abiding citizens can be sent to jail just for doing their job.

Last week we wrote an article Debunking Every Liberal Gun Myth – Still, who knows if the government will pass the assault weapons ban, if you’re worried it will pass – here are the 5 Guns You should Buy Before A Gun ban, in better news though – a Sheriff in Oregon has said that he will not enforce the gun ban even if it is passed – and he is joined by many other law enforcement that are standing against Obama’s Gun Control Agenda.
Accidentally Selling Your Gun To Someone Who Smokes Marijuana Could Carry 20 Year Prison Sentence